Haribo has insisted it has yet to decide whether to build a new production or distribution site in the UK amid reports it is commissioning construction firms to build the facility.

Construction firms in the UK were reported to be bidding to build a distribution site for the confectioner in the north of England.

Last year, Haribo revealed it was studying plans to set up a production and distribution facility in the Yorkshire town of Normanton.

The proposed factory, it said last April, would have been six miles west of its current site in Pontefract, which, under its plans, it planned to retain.

However, a spokesperson for Haribo said today (14 June) that the sweets manufacturer had not made a final decision on the proposed project. "We're not any further forward," the spokesperson insisted. Haribo had yet to decide whether to build a production or distribution site, she said.

The company was working with the UK government's Regional Growth Fund to help fund the development but had yet to secure agreement, she added.

Nevertheless, the spokesperson explained Haribo was still looking to increase its capacity in the UK to meet growing demand.